IWRS and Soča River Foundation have carried out SMAG method (Self Modelling for Assessing Governance)
In January 2017, we have successfully tested and carried out SMAG method. The method is a participatory tool developed by IRSTEA within the framework of the SPARE Project.
The SPARE (Strategic Planning for Alpine River Ecosystems) project aims at contributing to a further harmonization of human use requirements and protection needs. Nine project partners from six Alpine countries show how strategic approaches for the protection and management of streams can be improved across administrative and disciplinary borders, and promote awareness of the services provided by Alpine rivers as well as their vulnerability.
The objective of this tool is to model and analyse the governance process of a river basin over the past 40 years. The method was used to determine the key steps of decision-making processes and the creation of a common understanding of the causes and impacts that led to present governance. Gathered experiences of the past will serve to establish guidelines for future water management.